Cries, screams, heartbreaks and cries of “Kalaignar” filled the air as news of DMK Chief Dr. M Karunanidhi’s demise spread. He passed away at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai at 6:45 pm due to age-related illness at 94. DMK workers and supporters couldn’t take this news as they were seen crying. Sea of people lined up to bid adieu to their “Kalaignar”. They have already gathered outside the hospital, most supporters have been staying there since Monday evening.
Kalaignar is one of the main reasons why Tamil Nadu is way ahead in development compared to other states in India. He extended his fruitful contributions as the chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu for 5 separate terms from 1969–2011.
Kalaignar was a long-established leader of the Dravidian Self-respect movement and 10-time president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party. Before stepping into politic, he worked in the Tamil film industry as a screenwriter. He is known for the knack of writing stories, plays, novels, and a multiple-volume memoir and has also made contributions to Tamil literature.
Karunanidhi was the only politician to have extended his services for a political party for 50 years. The final medical bulletin from the hospital revealed this. “With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr. M. Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 06.10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.
We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide.”
My thoughts are with the family and the countless supporters of Karunanidhi Ji in this hour of grief. India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/7ZZQi9VEkm
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2018
It's sad to hear about the demise of Dr. M. karunanidhi, may his soul RIP and my condolences to his family and friends. ?
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 7, 2018
Condolences to the family and supporters of #Karunanidhi ji. May everyone maintain peace in Tamil Nadu.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 7, 2018
I convey my deepest condolences to family members and admirers of #Karunanidhi ji on his demise. RIP
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 7, 2018
Grandad’s oldest friend, his best man at his wedding, a part of the family even before the brand Sivaji came in to the industry & a well wisher of all things related to Annai illam . We will miss you Aiyah ??#கலைஞர் ? #Legend ? pic.twitter.com/0VNri6vi1m
— Vikram Prabhu (@iamVikramPrabhu) August 7, 2018
— CrickeTendulkar ?? (@CrickeTendulkar) August 7, 2018
Its Prime time now
All the hashtags of India are related to #Karunanidhi.This perhaps prove the massive popularity of #Kalaingar.The tallest leader of #dravidanadu. Also, the number of tamilians across the globe on social media.#RIPKalaignar #Marina4Kalaignar #கலைஞர் pic.twitter.com/mYB0DdTwmt
— Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh (@mayukhrghosh) August 7, 2018
— Arunkumar (@ckarunkumar) August 7, 2018
Saddened by the demise of #KalaignarKarunanidhi.
Longest Leader/Ruler In Politics.
It’s End of an Era… May your Soul Rest in peace Kalaignar Ayaa.
You will be missed.#RIPKalaignar #Karunanidhi#கலைஞர்#TeamSRKCFC pic.twitter.com/dELU5ZRg7T
— ♡♔Bauua CFC♔♡™ (@SRKCHENNAIFC) August 7, 2018
— pettaparaak (@vijayandrewsJ) August 7, 2018
A Man who Dedicated 80 years of His Life to Public service !!
None can replace for his charsima in Indian Politics and Tamil literature ever @kalaignar89 ?
Rest in peace ? ?
#கலைஞர் #RIPKalaignar #Karunanidhi pic.twitter.com/70W5HSToUU
— Mahesh Reddy (@Champion_Mahesh) August 7, 2018
— Vimal Raina (@ImVimalRaina3) August 7, 2018